A sophisticated, pure and expressive interpretation of this popular Margaret River blend with enticing minerality and savoury undertones.
A year of peculiar weather challenges due to the La Niña season, where our commitment to organic viticulture was vital to the successful growth of quality, balanced fruit. A cool and wet spring prompted the need for an intense leaf plucking program to mitigate disease risk. Luckily, December and January were warm and dry. Canopy management was a priority throughout February and March to combat unusually warm and moist conditions. A rainfall event in early February provided a timely drink for the red varietals, followed by warm weather which was ideal for the Chardonnay to achieve ripeness. A second rainfall incident in early March was followed by sunny and breezy conditions to dry off the fruit for healthy ripening. With our judicious canopy management and a crop of naturally resilient grapes, we are pleased to say that fantastic quality fruit was ripened and harvested with little-to-no disease in our vineyards.
92 Points (2020 Vintage)
Papaya, dried pineapple, pomelo pith, thyme, oregano and some beeswax on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with bright acidity and a textured, pithy and vibrant finish.
91 Points (2020 Vintage)
Light straw-yellow colour. Pome fruit, smoke and bush honey aromatics. A fuller expression of this blend, with a weight of fruit and smoky savoury undertones. Good length and drive with acidity keeping it clean throughout and a phenolic fuzz drying the finish. Food would enhance it further.
77% sauvignon blanc, the balance semillon. As usual, this is a savoury, briny expression of the classic Margaret River SBS style - no doubt a touch of older oak in there is the thing that aids the shape and texture on the palate (on closer inspection of the tech sheet, the fermentation vessels are listed as: 60% oak (foudre, puncheon and barrique), 30% stainless steel, 6% open fermenter, 4% concrete egg). All things classy and in place. Nicely done.